GAC Day Two: State GOP and Democratic Chairs Face Off at GAC (Misc News: March 27, 2014)
LANSING – The MCUL & Affiliates GAC wrapped up Wednesday with credit union advocates meeting with lawmakers from their districts, which followed a debate featuring the chairmen of the state Republican and Democratic parties.
GOP Chairman Bobby Schostak said Gov. Rick Snyder is moving the state in the right direction.
“People are seeing a future in Michigan and it’s a bright one,” Schostak said.
But Democratic Party Lon Johnson said the state’s recovery is a not what it first appears.
“Is our middle class growing or not?” Johnson asked. “The answer is no.”
While Johnson said he agreed with Republicans that the state needed to do away with the Michigan Business Tax, he disagreed with how Snyder ended it. He said Republicans gave businesses a tax break, then took money out of education, taxed seniors and allowed the state’s roads to deteriorate.
Schostak said the governor’s policies are allowing small businesses to grow, which allows them to hire employees and increase wages. He said out-of-state businesses are now considering a move to Michigan.
“Michigan is on the list when before, we were far off the list,” Schostak said.